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Tue. Aug 6, 2013 by Mary    Portraits

Meet: The Orlovsky Family

Good morning & Happy Tuesday!

Today we have for you THREE times the fun, from this adorable family shoot we did down at the Jersey Shore. Now Justin & I don't normally do family shoots, as we really just specialize in weddings & couples but for these guys we had to make an exception. You see Tiffany & Dan are one of our ALL TIME favorite past couples (like if we had J&M all-star jerseys to give out, they would totally get one!) and we were there for them for their engagement shoot & wedding. Then when they found out they were having triplets we traveled down to PA for both Tiffany's maternity session & then again for the boys' newborn session. These guys have since moved down to Florida (Dan plays in the NFL for Tampa), but when they wrote to see if we could meet up while they were spending a month on vacation at the Shore we knew we had to make it happen!

And boy (oh boy oh boy) am I glad we did! The boys have gotten SO big and are running all over the place! But they are just *such* good happy & full of fun. I realized through the whole shoot that my cheeks were hurting from smiling so much. And I just feel so incredibly lucky to have now done our fifth shoot with these guys & get to share life with them. Tiffany & Dan, I hope it doesn't even need to be said at this point....but we LOVE you guys! And consider you not just friends, but family! We can't wait til we see you again!


Mon. Jul 29, 2013 by Mary    Portraits

Meet: Jenny & Craig

Happy Monday friends!

Today we have for you the sweet anniversary shoot of Jenny & Craig! These guys actually came over to London for the Walk Through workshop (more on that to come!) all the way from Wyoming!! So while they were there, we also took the chance for them to get in front of our camera to do an anniversary shoot. We had the best time shooting all over the city with them & getting to know them better! As you can see, they made it easy. We hope you enjoy!


Fri. Jul 26, 2013 by Justin    Portraits

Right Now.

Happy Friday friends!

As we speak, we are about to board a ferry to a tiny island off the coast of Maine for a few days of being off the radar, resting, re-charging & spending time with good friends. I hope you guys have something similar planned, where you take some time for what matters most, to turn your brains off, let go of the pressures you put on yourself, and just spend some time soaking in where you are at this exact moment right here in life.

Because this whole life is made up of a series of right nows. And right now is pretty amazing.

We'll be back on Monday and absolutely cannot wait to share more from this shoot that we did while we were over in London.

Until then, thank you guys for sharing this life with us. Seriously. It means more than you'll ever know.

So much love,

Mon. Jul 15, 2013 by Mary    Portraits

Lighthouse Anniversary Shoot: Amanda & Jeremy

Happy Monday friends!

Today we get to kick the week off with this sweet anniversary shoot we did for the adorable Amanda & Jeremy Jackson! A&J are wedding photographers themselves out in Ohio, and when they came out to visit to do a mentoring session with us they also decided to add on an anniversary shoot. I really adore doing anniversary shoots for people and I think they are SO important to have to document where the marriage goes, not just on day one but throughout a life together. One of my favorite quotes is "I hope to have a marriage far more beautiful than our wedding" and I think that's what an anniversary shoot reminds us of just how beautiful this life together really is.

And Amanda & Jeremy are the perfect examples of that. Jeremy actually was the one who decided to add on the shoot as a surprise for Amanda, so I was emailing with him for a while before we brought Amanda into the loop! :) And I loved hearing her reaction when he finally told her! But most of all, I love how Jeremy would do anything to make Amanda happy. And how happy she in turn makes him. They are an incredible couple! And we had the best time doing a shoot with them (even though we all nearly died in the impending thunderstorm!) and then eating lobster enchiladas afterwards at our favorite little Mexican place, Geronimos.

J&A we LOVE you guys! Thank you so much for making the trip out....I can't wait to see all of the BIG things you have in store!

So much love,

Sun. May 19, 2013 by Mary    Portraits

J&M Lighting Intensive: Rochester

Happy Monday friends!

Today we are off for a birthday adventure with some of our closest friends (you can follow along on Instagram to see what all we're up to!). But before we take off I wanted to share some images from last week's J&M Lighting Intensive in Rochester!

First of all, I have to say that our group in Rochester was of of my favorites of all time! I have never seen a group of more kind, welcoming, and just excited to be there people. These guys were on fire, asking all of the right questions and just really rocking the light. I am SO excited for what this year holds for them!

Before we get to the pictures, I did just want to say one thing. It's become a pretty common misconception that the Lighting Intensive is only for people who want to get into more studio/editorial work. And I could totally see where that comes from, since the pictures of our models are almost always in front of Justin's hand-painted backdrop. But the fact is, nothing could be further from the truth! We do shoot our models in a studio set up, mostly because the gray background really helps show off what the light is doing as we teach (and Justin worked really hard on it, so he loves to break it out!). But the whole day is really all about how to light and shoot on the fly at a wedding day or portrait session.

It's about studying and learning from the greats in studio/editorial portraiture, and learning how to use the light like that in the snap decisions we have to make at a wedding/portrait shoot when things are happening a mile a minute. And I truly believe that when you learn to use light like that, it's one of those game changers that sets people apart in a saturated market and makes it really hard for anyone else to catch up!

In addition to studying the different ways to use light and how to make that go to work for you, we also just spend a lot of time getting people comfortable (ahem, not afraid anymore!) of their flashes! You'll see in that first image below that we had a big studio set up with an octo & full length scrim. But several of the pictures in the post, we got with just one on-camera, bounced flash. Who knew on camera flash could be this pretty, right?? If you & your flash aren't friends like that yet, we'd love to see you at one of our upcoming Lighting Intensive in Chapel Hill, NC or Minneapolis!

We also want to give a HUGE thank you to Tim Toal for allowing us to use his studio for the workshop, as well as getting us our gorgeous models Mary & Kat . Tim was the first photographer to give Justin a chance right out of college, and he second shot with him for a year and a half before moving to CT to start his own business. I might not be typing this to you today if it weren't for Tim....we owe him so much!

Happy Monday friends!

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